Welcome to Aton Forest

Aton Forest, Inc. was formed to preserve the lands assembled by Dr. Frank E. Egler as a Research Natural Area and to continue the low impact, long-term ecological research that he pioneered. The organization also maintains an archive of Dr. Egler ’s written material and library, and curates a portion of his house and furnishings as an informal museum. The aim is to preserve and continue the physical and intellectual legacy of our founder.
Join expert birder Fran Zygmont for a birding adventure through Aton Forest. 
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American Woodcock:Habits and Habitats
A program on this odd little bird, including a walk to listen and watch its courtship ritual
Friday, April 14th
6 pm at the Aton Forest Headquarters
270 N. Colebrook Rd., Norfolk, CT

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Willows Demystified

Tuesday, May 23rd
go to workshops, navigate to March 2017
led by Bill Moorhead

AF Winter Bird Count
Saturday, Dec. 31st


A total of 25 species were seen and 204+ individuals

Best bird of the day: Northern Shrike
Most birds of a species seen: 32 Red-breasted Nuthatches
Most birds of a species seen at one location: 17 Mourning Doves
Most common birds seen: Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch and Blue Jay, seen at 6 out of 8 locations visited
Nocturnal survey: 1 Northern Saw-whet Owl, 3 Barred Owls, 1 Great Horned Owl (3 locations)
To view the complete species list navigate to "Plants & Wildlife"

Time: 4:30 am to 4:00 pm. Four parties participated throughout the day. Thanks everybody!

Aton Forest 2016 Year End Appeal

Without you’re ongoing financial commitment, AF would not be as effective in protecting and preserving Dr. Egler’s legacy. Please make the most generous gift you can.
Connecticut Winter Shrub Identification Laboratory
Thursday, January 19, 2017
A workshop led by Bill Moorhead
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Workshop Full - look for our next program

Thursday, August 11th
Unmistaken Identity: 
Distinguishing Invasive Plants from Native Look-A-Likes in Summer
Led by Bill Moorhead
River Walk Pavilion, Washington CT
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